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San Antonio's 'Tobacco 21' Rule Takes Effect October 1. What Do You Need To Know?

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The City of San Antonio passed a new ordinance that prohibits the sale of tobacco products to persons under the age of 21 earlier this year.

The policy, which also includes e-cigarettes, takes effect on October 1. San Antonio will be the first city in Texas to enact such an ordinance.

The change is part of a larger movement called Tobacco 21, which advocates raising the minimum age to buy tobacco from 18 to 21 years of age.

What should community members and San Antonio-area tobacco retailers know about the new rule? 

How will it be implemented and how do officials plan to measure success?

The San Antonio Metropolitan Health District will host two stakeholder meetings on April 11 to gather public input about the Tobacco 21 ordinance.


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Kim Johnson is the producer for Texas Public Radio’s live, call-in show The Source. She is a Trinity University alum with bachelor’s degrees in Communication and Spanish, and a Master of Arts Degree from the School of Journalism at the University of Texas at Austin.